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Published: Friday December 20, 2013 MYT 10:45:02 PM
Updated: Friday December 20, 2013 MYT 10:45:02 PM

Investigation finds no widespread misconduct at U.S. Secret Service

U.S. Department of Homeland Security emblem is pictured at the National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) located just outside Washington in Arlington, Virginia September 24, 2010. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang

U.S. Department of Homeland Security emblem is pictured at the National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) located just outside Washington in Arlington, Virginia September 24, 2010. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A report by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's inspector general has found no evidence that misconduct or inappropriate behaviour is widespread in the U.S. Secret Service, a Secret Service official said on Friday.

The report was called for in the wake of a prostitution scandal involving Secret Service agents in Cartagena, Colombia, that damaged the agency's straight-laced reputation.

"The Secret Service takes allegations of misconduct seriously and as this DHS/OIG report makes clear, the agency takes appropriate action when misconduct is identified," the official said

The inspector general also concluded that there is no evidence that Secret Service employees regularly conduct themselves in ways that could create security concerns, the official added.

The agency named a female director, Julia Pierson, in March, after the Colombia events. An official investigation concluded that the president's safety had not been compromised, but the scandal was an embarrassment for the agency, which guards the president.

Pierson has taken a series of steps to address issues raised by the Colombia events and subsequent investigations, the agency official said.

(This refiled version of the story removes extraneous letters from headline)

(Reporting by Mark Felsenthal; editing by Jackie Frank)

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